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Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Exploring Engineering

August 6, 2013

The Rube Goldberg competition always draws a crowd eager to see how the young campers work through the challenges.

The Rube Goldberg competition always draws a crowd eager to see how the young campers work through the challenges.

Nearly 70 Hoosier boys and girls joined the fun this summer in the annual Minority Engineering Advancement Program (MEAP) hosted by the School of Engineering and Technology and capped by the always-challenging "Rube Goldberg" contest, in which campers have to devise multi-step processes to achieve a simple goal.

This year's contest required campers to work as a team, with assigned responsibilities, and devise unusual ways to launch a toy airplane -- and to do it for a handful of dollars.

The rest of each week's camp included tours of companies with an engineering component, including Honda Manufacturing, Cummins and Roche Diagnostic, among others, and hands-on activities featuring fuel cells, Lego robots and biomedical engineering activities.